Rational Use of Drains

  • Carol E. H. Scott-ConnerEmail author
  • Jameson L. Chassin


This chapter reviews types and usual applications of surgical drains. The indications for “routine” drainage are under continuous review, and with the availability of percutaneous drainage techniques, fewer and fewer drains are used in surgery. Nonetheless, it is important to know what options are available when surgical drainage is required.


Pancreatic Secretion Abscess Cavity Abdominal Abscess Closed Suction Puncture Wound 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol E. H. Scott-Conner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jameson L. Chassin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of MedicineUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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